(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file) Vice President Joe Biden looks over a Volt concept vehicle

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file) Vice President Joe Biden looks over a Volt concept vehicle

GM has announced the EPA has issued draft guidelines for the Chevy Volt – and it’s going to list the Volt as having a 230 mpg rating.  From the Huffington Post:

The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 40-mile range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a total range of 300 miles. The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.

GM came up with the 230-mile figure in early tests using draft guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for calculating the mileage of extended range electric vehicles, said Tony Posawatz, GM’s vehicle line director for the Volt.

If the figure is confirmed by the EPA, which does the tests for the mileage posted on new car door stickers, the Volt would be the first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage, Posawatz said.